Monthly Archive for March, 2001

Finally finished Shampoo Planet

Final­ly fin­ished Sham­poo Plan­et, by Dou­glas Cou­p­land, (the oh-now-so-extinct zeit­geist writer of the ear­ly 90s), and found myself enjoy­ing it quite a bit. The Gen-X thing might be pass�, con­sid­er­ing many of Coupland’s read­ers went on to make intenet cash in the mid to late 90s, but i found a strong iden­ti­fi­ca­tion with his char­ac­ters. And while i can’t say that i am a 21-year-old Rea­gan youth, in the ear­ly 90s, in a very small, north­west town near a tox­ic Super­fund site, grow­ing up wiith Hip­py par­ents, strug­gling with “mak­ing it” in cor­po­rate Amer­i­ca… i can iden­ti­fy with the strug­gling thing. You’re not going to “make it” sit­ting around wor­ry­ing about “mak­ing it”…

i am lucky to have a job design­ing in the “new media” realm. Cuts at Zefer, and Viant.

There is a surprise

There is a sur­prise this week­end– but i can’t yet say what it will be… because Pres­ley may be read­ing this. Let’s just say that she is turn­ing 21 on Sat­ur­day, and prob­a­bly look­ing for clues. What should i buy her for her birth­day?

Oh, and I’d like to think i can throw the occa­sion­al good-natured insult (or not), but Shake­speare does it like no one else.

Very jittery today

Very jit­tery today– i found this lit­tle 1-cup cof­fee mak­er that brews instant­ly at my desk at work, so i don’t need to run out to yada yada every hour on the hour. the down­side is, of course, that i have hot tasty cof­fee with­in reach… dis­trac­tions from the tasks at hand.

Oscars

I can’t say that the Oscars were all that bad… Steve Martin’s put­downs were sharp, wit­ty and deliv­ered with such class– i’m glad to see that that over-caf­feinat­ed dog Bil­ly Crys­tal didn’t decide to do it this year. Next year.… Conan? Chris Rock? Reg­is?